To gallivant; to go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment. One of our favourite verbs here at H&L and so when we were invited to experience an overnight stay at The Gallivant we were packing our weekend bags quicker than we could open Google maps. The Gallivant prides itself on three of our other favourite things, specialising as a stay to “Eat – Sleep – Beach” – our kind of eat, pray, love mantra. Hidden behind the sandy dunes of Rye Beach, The Gallivant, is a beautiful coastal stay to do exactly that with only the heady-gallivanting-giddiness that continually asks you when you’re next going to Eat, Sleep and Beach there.
Arriving mid-afternoon, we dropped off our weekend bags and got our bearings of this incredible boutique stay. The rain outside made our arrival here feel even more secluded and special, creating a memorable and deeply soothing soundtrack to the facial treatment I had been booked in for in the Beach Hut. As the hut can only admit one at a time, creating a completely VIP experience within a quaint space, my other half opted to enjoy a cup of tea by the mesmerising fire in the lounge space. As he relaxed, my spa therapist was hard at work, me underneath a warm, heavy blanket as she spent a full 60 minutes providing my skin with the rehab it needed. All too quickly it was my turn to join him, slumping into the deep, soft sofas in front of the fire. For such a well-lit and open-plan space there was still an element of intimacy here created by the seating arrangement and low rumble of music.
H&L loves: The beachy, coastal-feel to the interior, white-washed walls with splashes of ocean and teal blue.
We stayed in the Luxury Garden room which truly is as magical as it sounds. A huge bed and uniquely furnished room from details like an interesting book collection to rose gold seashell trinkets and a bedside vintage phone. Complete with a soft palette décor, gentle lighting (both flattering and romantic) beautiful throws and a huge tub big enough for two – naked in the middle of the room. Yes. Bathroom goodies smell divine and can also be purchased meaning that you can take home the scent that connects and reminds you to this cosy, private haven.
H&L loved: The surprise of finding a couple’s intimacy kit along with a sleeping kit, booze and delicious sweet treats. All of our favourite things on one shelf – a surprise that made us smile.
As the natural light outside dimmed the lighting in the restaurant, we were welcomed into The Gallivant’s beautiful dining space. Chairs are backed with faux fur throws, making the simplistic chairs feel more comfortable and –dare I say it – gave a luxurious feel to a stripped-back, coastal vibe. With the menu’s ingredients all sourced from within a ten-mile radius, I already felt impressed, even before I was presented with my gorgeous starter of Roast pigeon breast, poached pear and beetroot puree. Flavours are not shy here as was reconfirmed by the deliciously soft, Lamb rump served with roasted vegetables and pickled turnip. Each dish is immaculately presented; large white dishes give it a particularly high-end feel. We were recommended a wine, which to date, we still crown as our favourite ever and enjoyed the rest of our evening as the gentle bustle of hotel guests came down to dine and enjoy their evening, shielded from the wintery weather beyond and kept warm by the incredible hospitality and delicious food.
H&L loved: Not just the impressive flavours, variety of choice and beautifully presented menu but the honesty and sustainability behind the food. The homemade chutney served with the cheeseboard is something special, too.
The hearty meal and a G&T night cap soon caught up with us. Lying back in the Garden Room is a satisfying “pinch me” moment as the outlines of the beautiful room gently fade into a restful night’s sleep. After a delicious breakfast the following morning and several cups of tea we headed out into the gusty winds to climb over the sand dunes and explore the beach. Even on a grey day the beach was quite spectacular – a beautiful walk and one that only a handful of dog walkers were out to enjoy that morning.
H&L loved: At breakfast, the hangover help station is a lovely touch – in addition to the delicious, locally sourced food and homemade delights.
For more information please visit thegallivant.co.uk/